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Metamorphic.

This is how I’d like to describe my 2012. I had to grow quickly into the shoes of a mother, and then a mother who also worked outside the home. Spiritually, I found myself being transformed by His word and yearning to be more and more a disciple of Christ than being just a “Christian.” I have met some godly people this year who have been role models, and who have helped me with my Christian walk, encouraging me to press on when the going was difficult. 2012 was filled with lots of joy and love, as well as disappointments, challenges, and anxieties. Through it all, I had to shed old perspectives and adopt new ways of thinking and living. Hopefully, I have inched slightly closer to what God has willed for me in my life.

Next year is already looking to be another exciting one. I’d like to continue this metamorphosis, and think this is quite apt as my overarching verse:

Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

How would you sum up your 2012?

Eastern European Easter Eggs by chertartlet

Happy Blessed Easter, everyone. These beautifully decorated easter eggs were part of a collection from the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology we saw when we visited the place a couple weeks back. I believe they are from Eastern Europe. Did you know the history of easter eggs?  I only found this out recently. Having grown up Christian and still practicing the faith, I never remembered anything about easter eggs in the Bible so where did this tradition come from?

Good old Wikipedia had some of the the answer (as always!). Traditionally, consumption of eggs were prohibited, along with meat and dairy during lent as Catholics prepared for Easter Sunday. On Easter Sunday, they would break their fast, and bring lots of eggs along with other goodies to share. Easter egg dying was part of the Catholic tradition, and red was the color used, to symbolize Christ’s blood.

Presumably, this started the evolution of the easter egg decoration and all the other fun easter egg stuff like easter egg hunts. Since Catholicism had such a strong presence, I guess protestant Christians took the tradition and continued on with it. (Tho I know of some really fundamental Christian churches that forbid easter eggs.) Easter eggs or not, I alway enjoy Easter Sunday as a special day to remember that Jesus Christ rose from the dead after dying a cruel and horrible death for the sins of the world. In doing so He created a way for us to have a relationship with Him. It is the story of love, sacrifice and grace. I am glad I worship a loving God who is risen and alive.

Regardless of your views on Easter, I hope you all had a wonderful Sunday with family and friends and got to indulge in lots of yummy chocolates and hot cross buns. I can’t wait for Benji to be old enough to participate in Easter egg hunts. It’s gonna be SO cute! 

Now, my other question is…where did the Easter bunny rabbit come from?!!

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Tulips from Bry. We spent a great Valentine’s day together and with Benji. Bry got me flowers, I got him chips, and we made a nice dinner together (i.e., took turns to cook and look after Benji).I like that Valentine’s day has now broadened to be a day of remembering to show love for your significant other AND friends/family. In all that, I also remembered the great love that Christ showed to us from the verse in John 15:13: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

Hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s day celebrating with friends, family, and most of all, basking in Christ’s love for us.